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London has an extraordinarily rich and diverse range of museums, galleries and other heritage attractions. This includes over 200 museums and galleries with permanent collections and numerous temporary exhibition venues, heritage and science centres.
The city is famous for its great national institutions, like the British Museum and the National Gallery, but there are also many other fascinating museums and galleries that are well worth investigating. There are local community museums, university and military collections, museums based in houses where famous people once lived, and wide range of museums focusing on various specialist interests.
This website listing will give you a taster of what London has to offer. It includes a short description of many of these attractions and links to websites where you can find out more.
|Fan Museum||The only museum in the world devoted entirely to every aspect of fans and fan making. The Fan Museum is home to a collection of more than 3,000 predominantly antique fans from around the world dating from the 11th century to the present day. Its collection and fans on loan from other collections are displayed in changing themed exhibitions in which fans are presented in their historical, sociological and economic contexts. Visitors can enjoy the designs of these unique items which have served many purposes over the centuries: ceremonial tools, fashionable accessories, status symbols,commemorative presents or advertising giveaways.|
|Fashion & Textile Museum||The Fashion and Textile Museum (FTM) was officially opened on May 8th, 2003, by Princess Michael of Kent and founder Zandra Rhodes. FTM is the first museum in the UK dedicated to contemporary fashion and textiles.|
|Fenton House||A late 17th-century house with an outstanding collection of porcelain, 17th-century needlework pictures, Georgian furniture and early keyboard instruments, most of which are in working order. The delightful walled garden includes fine displays of roses, an orchard and a vegetable garden.|
|Firepower - The Royal Artillery Museum||For three centuries the Royal Regiment of Artillery has provided the firepower in every theatre of war in which the British Army has been engaged. At Firepower, you can trace the evolution of artillery from stone shot to shell and from rocket to missile.|
|Florence Nightingale Museum||A collection of artefacts and other material connected with Florence Nightingale has been preserved from the early years of the twentieth century at St Thomas' Hospital and the Nightingale Training School. Since the formation of The Florence Nightingale Museum Trust in 1984 the collection has been transferred from the hospital and school to the care of the charity specially established for the preservation and wider display of the collection.|
|Forty Hall (Enfield Museum Service)||Enfield Museum Service is planning the development of a new museum, due to open in 2005. In the meantime, the permanent collections are being housed at Forty Hall, a Grade 1 listed building.|
|Foundation for Women's Art||The Foundation for Women's Art (formerly Museum of Women's Art) is a small charitable organization started in 1993, which promotes art by women.|
|Foundling Museum||The Foundling Museum houses the nationally important Foundling Hospital Collection.|
|Freud Museum||The Freud Museum, at 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead, was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938. It remained the family home until Anna Freud, the youngest daughter, died in 1982. The centrepiece of the museum is Freud's library and study, preserved just as it was during his lifetime.|